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NEW Review for OUTLAND EXILE: Book 1 of Old Men and Infidels

I was hooked from the opening pages of “Outland Exile” by W. Clark Boutwell and my interest never wavered for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. Malila is a great lead, strong, but flawed and relatable. And I adored Jesse. The plot was intelligently constructed, and just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it. This is good because I HATE books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t at all. I’ve read a ton of post apoc/dystopian and over the years so I’m rarely surprised by anything anymore but I can say that this author managed to do it. I appreciated the brisk pace and the descriptive details that really brought the story to life – world building is absolutely crucial in selling any sort of ‘fantasy’ story and it is done quite nicely here—extremely complex but not confusing (there is a handy index throughout). Will be interested in seeing where this series and our leads go to in the next one. Recommend for anyone (adults) who enjoy a well-written, action packed, alternative reality novel with unexpected twists that will make you think outside the box. (5stars) – Indie Book Reviewers